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Preparing for extreme heatwaves.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2018 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Although THIS heatwave appears to be over, it is worth reviewing preps for future events.

Extreme heat is a greater risk in the south east, and greater still in urban heat islands.
Most members of these forums are hopefully already equipped with reserves of food and water.
Remember though that you will need to drink at least twice as much water as in more temperate conditions.
Tap water is fine IF AVAILABLE but do keep a stock of bottled water as well in case mains water is not available.
I favour carbonated water in glass bottles for reserve drinking water, glass wont taint the water, and the internal pressure if still present when the bottle is opened, provides reassurance that it was still sealed.

Food intake can be slightly reduced unless already below a healthy weight.
Remember that cold food is often preferable to avoid heat from cooking.

A good quality, full sized, battery operated fan is a prudent prep. These don't seem very readily available in the UK. Do not forget batteries for at least 100 hours operation.
Preferably get one that can use disposable cells or an external 12 volt battery, a vehicle battery will serve in an emergency.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2018 11:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

On BBC Radio 4 yesterday they were talking of temperatures of up to 35°/36°C next week.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2018 4:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

emordnilap wrote:
On BBC Radio 4 yesterday they were talking of temperatures of up to 35°/36°C next week.


Indeed, and whilst it might not get quite that hot, 33 degrees is expected in London, and an official heatwave warning has been issued for parts of the South East.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2018 5:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

adam2 wrote:
emordnilap wrote:
On BBC Radio 4 yesterday they were talking of temperatures of up to 35°/36°C next week.


Indeed, and whilst it might not get quite that hot, 33 degrees is expected in London, and an official heatwave warning has been issued for parts of the South East.


Yes not a great time to visit the big smoke where the effect of the heat is exacerbated by poor air quality. I have photo somewhere, taken from the upper deck of a bus at Archway, of the cloud of ughh hanging over the city and west end during the summer of 1976.

Anybody planning to compete in the Olympic Games in Tokyo may be wondering at the wisdom of such a move.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/23/japan-heatwave-prompts-concern-over-conditions-for-2020-olympics
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2018 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Potemkin Villager wrote:
Anybody planning to compete in the Olympic Games in Tokyo may be wondering at the wisdom of such a move.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/23/japan-heatwave-prompts-concern-over-conditions-for-2020-olympics


Pele says that Qatar heat is 'no problem' for 2022 World Cup Smile
https://www.arabianbusiness.com/qatar-heat-is-no-problem-for-2022-world-cup-pele-512763.html
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2018 3:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The day is coming when outdoor sporting and athletics competitions will have to be held only in cooler countries.

It is of course possible to air condition a football stadium, but the energy consumption and capital costs would be enormous.

Events involving running or cycling on public roads ideally need cold but not frosty conditions.
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